“Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it” Edmund Burke

The History Department Ethos

The History Department at St Bonaventure’s develops a love of learning about and from the past. To help our students do this, we ensure that our lessons are creative, innovative and develop key skills. Also, as London, and further afield, is thriving with opportunities to delve into the past, we have many opportunities to discover what life in the past was like and what impact it has had on our lives today. 

Extra Curricular Activities

A wide range of extra-curricular activities are on offer. These enhance student experiences of the broad range of topics taught in History.  These include:

  • The London Dungeon
  • The Imperial War Museum
  • Museum of London
  • National Maritime Museum
  • Auschwitz Concentration Camp (Poland)
  • WW1 Battlefields and the Palace of Versailles (France)

In addition, there are regular workshops, university lectures and keynote speaker visits (e.g. Holocaust Survivors). 


Skills developed in History:

  • Problem solving
  • Critical analysis
  • How to construct an argument 
  • Excellent communication & writing  skills
  • How to handle & analyse data
  • Research skills
  • How to select  and use evidence
  • Synthesising ideas


From ‘Which?’ Magazine on the most valuable careers

“…Historians are regarded as having had an education that trains their minds to assemble, organise and present facts and opinions and this is a very valuable quality in many walks of life and careers…History is an excellent preparation for very many jobs…”
Which? Magazine

Many Historians go on to become lawyers, managers, journalists, bankers, businessmen, teachers, judges, detectives, politicians, archaeologists, museum curators, librarians, UN Ambassadors, and world leaders.

Heres a list of some History Graduates:

  • Gordon Brown Ex-Prime Minister (Edinburgh)
  • Lord John Sainsbury CEO of Sainsbury’s (Oxford)
  • Jonathon Ross TV Presenter and Critic 
  • Diane Abbots (Oxford)
  • Sacha Baron Cohen Ali G (Oxford)
  • Chris Martin Singer of Coldplay (UCL)
  • George Bush Former US President

Key Stage Three and 4 Overview of Study

Year 7


Key Question
Term 1
What have the Romans ever done for us?
How did Medieval kings take control?
Term 2
Were the Tudors terrible?
Term 3
Were the English right to execute Charles I?


Year 8


Key Question

Term 1


Have all slaves shared the same experience of slavery?

Was slavery really abolished in the 19th century?

Term2 How far was the period 1750-1900 an ‘Age of Progress’?
Term 3 How gruesome was Victorian Britain?

The Russian Revolution


Year 9

Key Question
Term 1 How ‘great’ was The Great War?

How did World War Two transform the world?


Term 2 How has immigration shaped Britain from 500BC to today?

How has terrorism impacted the modern world?


Term 3


Was the twentieth century the ‘Century of Genocide’?

Holocaust Case Study


Key Stage 4 2016 Cohort

  1. Depth Study Nazi Germany 1933-45
  2. Britain 1939 – 1975
  3. Controlled Assessment.

This course is 75% exam based. Students have two lessons per week.

The Exam Board is OCR, and the topic is Modern World History B.  

OCR GCSE Modern History Specification

Key Stage 4 2017 Cohort

  1. Crime and Punishment c1000 to the Present Day
  2. Germany 1919-45 and The Cold War 1945-1991
  3. Anglo Saxon Britain 

This course is 100% exam based. Students have two lessons per week.

The Exam Board is Edexcel

Key Stage 5

Edexcel History A Level Route F  – Searching for Rights and Freedoms in the 20th Century


Topic  % of qualification 
Paper One In Search of the American Dream: the USA, c1917–96 30
Paper Two India, c1914–48: the road to independence 20
Paper Three Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors 1485-1603 30
Coursework Margaret Thatcher Case Study 20

Edexcel Hisory GCSE Curriculumhttp://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/history-2016.html

OCR History GCSE Curriculum

Edexcel History A Level Curriculum

Key Stage 3 Reading List

  • Rome The Empire – Walter Robson.
  • Medieval Realms – Walter Robson.
  • The Making Of The United Kingdom – Fiona Reynoldson & David Taylor.
  • The Black Peoples Of The Americas – John D Clare.
  • Industrial Britain – Christine Counsell & Chris Street.
  • Challenge And Change. A World Study After 1919 – Phillip Ingram.
  • Peace And War – Colin Shepherd, Andy Reid , Chris Shepherd.

Key Stage 4 Reading List

  • GCSE History: Germany 1918-1939 (Folens) – Aaron Wilkes.
  • Germany 1918-1945: A Study In Depth – Greg Lacey, Keith Shepherd.
  • The Cold War, 1945-1951 – Derrick Murphy.
  • British Depth Study; 1939-1975 – Rosemary Rees.
  • OCR GCSE History B: Modern World – Alex Brodkin et al.
  • GCSE Modern World History – Ben Walsh.
  • Crime and Punishment Through Time – Ian Dawson



A Level Reading List

  • Robin Bunce and Laura Gallagher, Edexcel AS History, Unit 1: Pursuing Life and Liberty: Equality in the USA, 1945–1968 (Pearson, 2009)
    Peter Clements, Prosperity Depression and the New Deal Third Edition, Access to History (Hodder Education, 2005)
    David Mauk and John Oakland, American Civilization (Routledge, sixth edition, 2014)
    Derrick Murphy, Kathryn Cooper and Mark Waldron, The United States 1776–1992 (Collins, 2001)
    Vivienne Sanders, Civil Rights in the USA, 1945–1968, Access to History (Hodder Education, 2008)
    Doug and Susan Willoughby, The USA 1917–45, Heinemann Advanced History (Heinemann, 2000)
    Ian Copland, India 1885–1947: The Unmaking of an Empire (Routledge, 2001)
    Tim Leadbeater, Britain and India 1845–1947 (Hodder, 2008)
    Rosemary Rees, Britain and the Nationalist Challenge in India 1900–47 (Pearson, 2010)

    Alison Gundy, Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors 1485-1603 (Pearson 2016)

    Mary Dicken and Nicholas Fellows, England 1485-1603 (Hodder 2016)